Charlie Jefferson said:Hi Jim,
Yes, the Vashti records are, as you say, impossibly beautiful. My Diamond Day is also a re-issue, of course.
I was playing the digital version in the car today, returning from a slightly fractious shopping trip with my two sons. Daddy took charge of the music (sometimes the themes from Angry Birds games just won't do) and after the first two songs my eldest (who is seven), simply stated, "Daddy this lady singing is better than Bob Dylan but not as good as Morrissey". Interesting debate. Start 'em young. . . . etc. . .
Have you heard her latest album? I heard a track on a FatCat label sampler and it's quite stunning too.
I've also been hammering the Bob Bootleg Series, Tell-Tale Signs (Oh Mercy to Modern Times) on CD and It's so good. Not just a companion to that period of albums but an embellishment and in some cases (Girl From The Red River Shore) another leap of wonder into his Zimnesses' ageing greatness
I saw you list Coltrane's Africa/Brass recently, that's quite an album of sounds. Is it an original you've got?
Hi Charlie...no, I haven't heard the latest Vashti record but I'm aware of it: as usual, I'd like a vinyl copy but I might have to settle for a cd.
The Dylan stuff sounds wonderful: I haven't heard that either! I really must get out more.
.My copy of 'Africa/Brass' is probably a bit unusual: it's a World Record Club issue from the early 60's. I think mostly the Impulse! albums were distibuted by HMV in the UK so just what mine is I have no idea. I couldn't find much on the net about it either...probably just a reissue company. I've got the, oh I can't remember what it's called, 'Complete Quartet Studio Albums On Impulse' CDs or something like that and it's really good sound quality.
If there's not too much wind tomorrow, I'll be out on my bike scouring the country for records that I can ill-afford: I've just had to have a new boiler and a few radiator replacements and that was a cruel expense.
All the best.